You lose your job today –What is your backup plan?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1080 posts
Bumble bee

I’d go straight to a temping agency and get some temp work for a while until a better job came around.

I may not get a perm job straight away, but I can ALWAYS get temp work because I have loads of office experience.

Post # 4
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would go straight to the job centre. Get some financial support and seek employment. My wedding plans would be on hold, I’d be sad but getting work and paying bills is essential.

Post # 5
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i’m not currently working, due to being in school full time for the past few years. however, if i was, and i was fired, i would immediately find a salon that’s hiring, and go back to doing nails. i always have my license for that, it’s my permanent backup plan.

Post # 6
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I would start looking immediately in my career field, go to a temp agency like a PP said, or start going to school full time instead of part time and graduate early.

Luckily we have an emergency fund for these type of things but it’s scary to think about.

Post # 7
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’d take a temp job. If it was a lower salary than we could afford, I’d dip into savings to cover the mortgage.

Also, I’d probably use the time to start up my own business – I’m quite comfortable in my job and would love to start up on my own, but we can’t afford to. I suppose if I actually lost my job it would be a push to be more proactive!

Post # 8
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

…is it bad that I kind of *wish* that would happen to me? I definitely use the stability of this job and it’s salary and benefits to keep me from going after what I REALLY want to do.

Anyways, I’d march my happy little ass right up the road from my house to the BBQ joint I worked at for awhile: only worked 4 days a week and made only slightly less than my salary, in cash.

Post # 9
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In my field, and with my experience, there are openings everywhere. Unfortunately, there would be no excuse for staying unemployed. I certainly wouldn’t quailfy for unemployment insurance because of the fact that there are so many jobs available in my field.

I have a generous emergency savings account so financially it wouldn’t be a problem.


Post # 10
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t work, so this would be assuming something happened to the relationship between my husband and I.  My family has a business in CA, so I’d probably just go back to that and rent out my house.  We always keep a 6 month emergency fund, so it gives us a bit of a cushion just in case.


Post # 11
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I would hold off on doing crappy jobs for as long as I could. FI makes enough that we can both live comfortably so I would start searching for a new job. If after a reasonable amount of time (say 6 months) I still couldn’t find something, then I’d do menial work until I could.

Post # 12
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would just become a SAHM then, we plan on probably doing that anyway if we have another child due to daycare is so expensive

Post # 13
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Since work for me has been so crappy, I’ve had the back-up ready in my mind.  I don’t know if I’ll go through with it but I’d immediately move down to where DH is and go to school full-time.  We’ll see… 

Post # 14
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Collect some unemployment and job hunt.  I’ve worked since I was 15 (during college and grad school though I was very, veyr part time), so I wouldn’t feel bad about collecting a few paychecks from the government while finding myself another job.

Post # 15
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Try to convince my husband it’s a good time to have kids.  🙂

We pay all our bills on his salary, so money, while his biggest concern, would not be a huge issue as far as paying our bills.

To bring in some cash I’d try to get a job selling cars.  I’m an automotive engineer and have a family of good car salespeople, so I think I’d do alright. 

Post # 16
13168 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d start job searching and talking to all of our friends/family that live in the area.  I have a pretty large network in the area and would take advantage of it to help get me into a new position (even if it wasn’t in my desired field).

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